Kerensa Nagle is a senior research assistant in the early childhood program area. She received a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Psychology and Theater Studies. During her time as an undergraduate, Kerensa worked in the Occidental College Rat Lab where she studied the connection between eating and emotionality in selectively bred rats. She served as both a research assistant and primary investigator in her own, independent research on social stress, dominance, and eating behavior.
Kerensa has worked with children and adolescents in various capacities, including working as a student teacher at a California school for children with learning differences. Through this experience, Kerensa developed an interest in how classroom demographics affect children’s social and emotional development.